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Mainland Related FAQs

  1. How can I know the import tariff rates of the Mainland?

  2. What goods are prohibited from import into the Mainland? Do I need to apply for Mainland's licenses or permits when importing goods into the Mainland?

  3. Where can I find information about the Mainland's latest foreign trade and investment policies?

  4. How can I obtain the Mainland's trade statistics?

  5. Where can I find the Mainland's labour related laws and regulations?

  6. Is there an arrangement between Hong Kong and the Mainland to prevent double taxation?



Q1: How can I know the import tariff rates of the Mainland?

The Trade and Industry Department is operating a telephone and online tariff enquiry service. You may call us at 2398 5676 or send us an online enquiry form for enquiring the Mainland's current import tariff rate of a specific product. In processing the enquiry, the 8-digit product code under the Harmonised System (HS) is needed. You may contact the Census and Statistics Department at 2877 1818 for classification of products under the HS.

A copy of the Mainland's "Customs Import and Export Tariff" is also available at the Support and Consultation Centre for SMEs on M/F, Trade and Industry Department Tower, 700 Nathan Road.


Q2: What goods are prohibited from import into the Mainland? Do I need to apply for Mainland's licenses or permits when importing goods into the Mainland?

For details of imported goods prohibited by the Mainland's rules and regulations and those prohibited as a result of the implementation of international treaties by the Mainland, please refer to the Catalogues of Prohibited Imports of the Mainland, or refer to the web site of the Mainland's General Administration of Custom. In addition, the Mainland administers import licensing or quota control on certain restricted goods. Details can be found on the web site of the Ministry of Commerce, PRC and its subsidiary web site of the Quota and Licence Administrative Bureau.


Q3: Where can I find information about the Mainland's latest foreign trade and investment policies?

The Mainland's latest foreign trade and investment policies can be found on the website of the Ministry of Commerce, PRC and its Invest in China website. The Trade and Industry Department from time to time promulgates the Mainland's trade and investment policies through Commercial Information Circulars. Please visit the "Commercial Information Circulars - Mainland Economic and Trade Information Database" page for a catalogue of these Circulars.


Q4: How can I obtain the Mainland's trade statistics?

Trade statistics and relevant analyses for different industries in different provinces, municipal cities and autonomous regions of the Mainland are available on the website of the National Bureau of Statistics, PRC. In addition, please visit the website of the General Administration of Customs for information on the Mainland's trade statistics.


Q5: Where can I find the Mainland's labour related laws and regulations?

The Mainland's labour related laws and regulations are available on the website of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, PRC. The Trade and Industry Department from time to time promulgates the Mainland's related policies through Commercial Information Circulars. Please visit the "Commercial Information Circulars - Mainland Economic and Trade Information Database" page for a catalogue of these Circulars, which includes a category on Labour and Social Security.


Q6: Is there an arrangement between Hong Kong and the Mainland to prevent double taxation?

Yes. The Mainland and Hong Kong signed the "Arrangement between the Mainland of China and the Hong Kong Special Administration Region for the Avoidance of Double Taxation on Income" in 1998, the "Arrangement between the Mainland of China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income" in 2006, the "Second Protocol of the Arrangement between the Mainland of China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income" in 2008 and the "Third Protocol of the Arrangement between the Mainland of China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income" in 2010 respectively. For details, please visit the web site of the Inland Revenue Department.